Nope, not for me, 'though I could no doubt use one. A few months ago Bill restrung the window blind that is over our dinette and when he tried to re-install it, the screws didn't seem to have anything to dig into. Not good....
We weren't in a place we could do much about it then. And of course we didn't know the extent of damage... or even where, exactly or what was damaged.
So when we got back up to our daughter's place it was time to do something.
We were fortunate in that they have a house that they use as a vacation rental and it would be free of renters until Valentine's Day. So Friday Bill & I took the necessary stuff to live in the house for a couple of weeks. By the way, it's amazing what's "essential" to live away from home. I know, we spend months abroad or on a cruise, but this time I didn't just pack a few changes of underwear, I took some of my favorite things... like our own flannel sheets, my huge skillet.... just "stuff", even though this house is totally furnished... even down to the fridge being full of condiments and the bathroom having "hotel size" toiletries... I mean totally!
And not only that, we're just a few hundred feet away from where our rig is parked and being worked on... but... all that aside...
The windows had to come out.... that meant that everything along that side of the rig (inside) had to be moved. Now... we live in a 27' rig... no slideouts.... everything is very compact. We took our computers and printer over to the rental house. The rest of the stuff ... and I do mean lots of it... had to be stacked in the bathroom or any other available space.
When the windows were out, Bill and Victor, our son-in-law, could see the problems. Looks like we had a major leak around the window probably where 2 parts overlapped. We have no idea how long ago... but the water had come down through the wall and rotted out the wood frame around the window.
I put a big arrow pointing to some damage. That cup is sitting on the housing for the batteries (for the generator). Just in front of that is the storage bin I use for computer supplies and any other odds and ends that I don't have to use daily. Yeah... that's all stored in bins for the time being.
Looking from one end of our rig towards the other...
You can see where both windows should be... and there was enough water damage to rot both frames. In the foreground is where the couch is... those cushions are stored elsewhere now. I've written that we don't have a TV... so what's that thing dead center? I guess it IS a TV but it's never been used as such... it's what I use for my Wii. It's amazing how much exercise a person can do in less than one square yard space! If you look close you'll see our 5 grandkid's high school graduation photos (my, they're outdated!) and our great-granddaughter's birth announcement hanging on the wall. (Also very outdated)... Guess I need to overhaul my photo album when we get back in the rig.
You'll see Victor's legs on the ladder outside... What's he doing?
From the outside looking in...
Those 2 arrows show where the major damage is. But, in order to repair and replace, all the siding has to come off from this side.
Bill & Victor are patiently unscrewing every screw that holds it all on... from back there where the ladder is, clear to the front over the driver's side door.
Bill says he'll have to order some 1/8" plywood as most local places don't carry that size. He'll also have to order new window gaskets from Lazy Daze. Actually he won't know what all he'll need to do until the siding is off and they can get a good look.
Our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter are kind enough to park their vehicles elsewhere while we take over their carport for a few weeks.
I'll be honest... this job seems overwhelming to me.
I kinda have a feeling that 2 weeks isn't going to be nearly long enough time to get the job done.
I'll keep y'all posted on how it's coming along.
That's All For Today!